Digital Archives Access

Salman Rushdie Born-Digital Kiosk:

The Rose Library provides access to the processed portions of Salman Rushdie’s digital archive via a laptop in the reading room. This workstation allows researchers to search and browse Rushdie’s computing files, as well as interact with a simulation of Rushdie’s original computing environment via an emulation. As additional data from Rushdie's computers are processed, they will also be available in the reading room.

Born-Digital Collections:

In addition to providing access to the processed portions of Rushdie’s digital archive, Rose Library also provides access to other processed born-digital collections on iPads within the Rose Library reading room. Born-digital files from the papers of Alice WalkerLucille CliftonTurner CassityMildred ThompsonNathaniel Mackey, and Matt Schaffer collections are currently available, with other collections soon to be added.

Patrons may request access to unprocessed born digital collections that appear in the Emory FindingAids database, though all requests must be made in advance. Once a request is made, we will supply the patron with a time estimate for how long it will take to make the material available in the reading room. The turnaround time varies widely based on original file and media formats. Restrictions on a given collection, copyright limitations, or technology complications may hinder Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital collections. To request access to unprocessed born digital collections, please email

Audiovisual Collections:

The Rose Library provides researchers with access to audio and moving image files from the Library’s collections on iPads provided to patrons in the reading room. All audiovisual materials must be digitized prior to use by researchers, and digitized files may only be accessed in the reading room. Files are not available via the Internet. As new audio and visual materials are digitized, they are made available in the reading room. The Rose Library’s finding aids indicate whether items have been digitized.

If you are interested in an item that has not been digitized, please email to request that the item be digitized and made available in the reading room. The Rose Library requires that researchers give the library at least two weeks’ notice when requesting access to files that have not been previously digitized. Please note that some types of materials cannot be digitized in-house, and digitization of these materials requires additional time.